Book Review: The Upstarts

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World By Brad Stone 2017 • Little, Brown • 33 Pages • Hardcover $17, E-book $16, Audio $20 In a nutshell – A deep dive into the rise of two disruptive companies...

Book review April 2017: The Magnolia Story

By Chip and Joanna Gaines 2016, Thomas Nelson Publishing 208 pages, Hardcover $15.99, e-read edition $13.99 In a Nutshell: The autobiographical story of Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” Who’s it for? General audiences, HGTV junkies, couples that work together Author Quote: “I always thought...

Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing

No-nonsense rules from the ultimate contrarian and small business guru By George Cloutier Harper Business, 192 pages, paperback $14.99, e-read edition $13.99 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a Nutshell: Hard-nosed business advice from an old school businessman. Who’s it for? Small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs. Author Quote: “There is no $...

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changes Our Minds

By Michael Lewis Hardcover $28.95, E-read edition $16 Norton Press, 362 Pages Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a Nutshell: The story of an academic odd couple that shape and form the field of behavioral economics. Who’s it for? General audiences, anyone who has enjoyed Michael Lewis’ other books (“Moneyball," “The...

Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time

By Jeffrey Pfeffer Harper Business, September 2015 Hardcover $29.99, Ebook edition $14.99, 272 pages In a Nutshell: The dirty secret is that leaders of many U.S. companies are poor managers and the hype surrounding our leadership industry is mostly bunk. Who’s it for? Managers who need to improve their...

Book Review: The Misfit Economy

Lessons in Creativity from Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters and Other Informal Entrepreneurs By Alexa Clay and Kyra Maya Phillips Simon & Schuster, 2015 286 pages   In a Nutshell: People living on the fringe create unique and profitable business models because they aren’t afraid to bend the rules of the...

Book Review: The Obstacle is the Way

By Ryan Holiday Portfolio Press, May 1, 2014, 224 Pages Hardcover $14.95, electronic addition $9.99, audible version $4.49 In a Nutshell: “The Obstacle is the Way” shows with its philosophical anecdotes and historical references that there is a right way to approach the inevitable adversity that comes our...